Garden Update 3-23-17

Plants are looking good. I am waiting just a bit longer to plant the cantaloupe and watermelon. The okra is doing awesome in my seeding cups and will be transplanted to the garden bed. My cucumber plants are not looking great but they are growing. The squash and zucchini are looking good and the green beans are sprouting.

I still have plenty of jalapeno and bell pepper seedlings, but they are not growing much. My wife went ahead and bought 6 plants from the store and they are doing terrific. I am still going to try to get the seedlings to grow. You cannot have too many peppers. Salsa, pickled, and just eating them on everything.

The corn is doing fantastic. I have a few that are 10 inches tall, and the others are looking well. My potato plants are already needing another level built. I have seen blogs and Youtube videos that tell you to add dirt when they are 6 inches, but I am letting them get about a foot tall. I think the little buds are where the potatoes actually are produced. I am letting them develop before covering. I have to be cautious because potatoes exposed to the sun while growing are toxic.

I got a pump for my rain barrel, I am hoping to hook it up this weekend (and it works). I am still looking to get another water tote (or 2) in order to have plenty or water for this hotter than normal summer that is predicted. I wish I could dig a well, but I don’t have time or the money to do it. The best way for me to store water is using rain barrels hooked up to our gutter system. A cistern would be ideal, but with our septic system located in the worst spot in our yard, it would be impractical.

I recently put in the compost bin (3 x 3 x 3) and it is almost filled up. I need to make a few more so I don’t overfill the original one. I have plenty of space to put them at the end of the garden. They will serve 2 purposes; for the compost and a border of the garden.

I need to weed the garden. I want to wait so I can see if the seeds sown directly will be disturbed if weeding early. I have seen some natural weed killer, and I am going to try some of it on the fence line where I couldn’t get the tiller close enough to break apart the roots and rake them out. 1 gallon of vinegar, 2 cups of epsom salt, and a 1/4 cup of Dawn. I am probably only going to make a small batch to test out. I don’t want to waste more than I need.

I am sorry I do not have pictures. I get home at dusk and there is not enough light to get good shots. I will try to get some this weekend.

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